Paphos ~ Birthplace of Aphrodite
This year Paphos is the European Capital of Culture with Aarhus in Denmark. The city of Paphos is also a Unesco World Heritage Site with many architectural and archaeological sites to explore.
A good way to get to know Paphos is to take a trip on an open top double decker red bus. See the Temple of Aphrodite, St. Paul’s Pillar, the castle and beautiful old harbor…. Read More >>
Paphos has two areas which are 3km apart. Kato (Lower) and Ktima (Upper – which is inland). Ktima Pafos is famous for the many restaurants which offer Cypriot cuisine and Kato (Lower) Pafos is the more touristic area with a palm tree lined promenade and an abundance of open air cafes, restaurants.
Petra Tou Romiou
Nearby is Petra Tou Romiou, the birthplace of Aphrodite and a popular place for weddings. This is Aphrodite territory, full of the myths and legends of the famous goddess.
Ancient legend has it that folk-hero Digenis Aakritas hurled a large rock (petra) at the Saracens during a battle. The rock landed by the sea, hence the name of Petra Tou Romiou – in Greek this means ‘Rock of the Greek’.
Attractions in Paphos
There are many more incredible sites and places to visit in and around Pafos. The Temple of Aphrodite at Kouklia village is just 14 km east of Pafos and the Sacred Garden of Aphrodite is 3 km east of Pafos at Yeroskipou village.
The famous Springs of Peyeia are in the village square just 19km north-west of Pafos.
To discover the true beauty of this area a must to visit is the Akamas Peninsula.
Where To Stay …
Just a 5 minute walk from the local market and bazaar in the old town of Pafos is the popular 3 star Agapinor Hotel.
The 4 star Athena Beach Hotel is a beachfront hotel in Kato Paphos, within walking distance of the harbor, archaeological sites, shops and nightlife.